Judge to rule on South Bronx Unite's lawsuit against FreshDirect

The group South Bronx Unite is trying to

The group South Bronx Unite is trying to stop the online grocer from building in the borough.

THE BRONX - Lawyers for FreshDirect and South Bronx Unite, a local group that is suing the online grocer, squared off in court today.

South Bronx Unite got its day in court to try and stop the online grocer from building a waterfront headquarters at the Harlem River Yards. The community group is challenging the state's decision to grant more than $100 million in taxpayer money for the project.

Lawyers for the opponents claim that the company's environmental impact review was inadequate and doesn't address the full effect on the community. Opponents say fumes from the company's fleet of delivery trucks will lead to higher asthma rates in the borough.

South Bronx Unite hopes its lawsuit will force the online grocer to do another environmental review, which would essentially put the construction of its headquarters on hold.

FreshDirect says it's looking forward to getting past the lawsuit so that it can create 1,000 new jobs once construction is complete.

A judge is now reviewing the lawsuit and is expected to make a decision at a later date. Both parties say they are confident that the judge will rule in their favor.

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